Wouldn’t it be nice to have a spice that acted as a safe multipurpose drug?
Scientific researchers from around the world are studying curcumin (derived from the curry spice turmeric) for its effects in fighting . . . cancer, arthritis, diabetes, cataracts, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, cystic fibrosis, and reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin even shows promise as a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis and skin disorders such as psoriasis and wounds, among many other things.
The downside is, however, that despite its benefits, in the past the effectiveness of oral supplementation of curcumin has been limited by poor absorption into the bloodstream through the digestive tract. But according to Life Extension Magazine, scientists have recently discovered an advanced formulation which is more readily absorbed than other curcumin supplement products. The new formulation is called BCM-95® and it is a registered trademark of Dolcas-Biotech, LLC. Compared to standard curcumin supplements, the BCM-95® formulation delivers up to seven times more curcumin to the bloodstream, sooner, and it sticks around nearly twice as long, which should greatly enhance the benefits of curcumin.
Is curcumin safe?
Turmeric has been safely consumed for thousands of years and it can be taken as a simple daily supplement. There have been few reports of mild gastrointestinal distress, which can be minimized by eating food with the supplement. Seems to me like a fair trade-off for the benefits it provides.